Description - The Shortest Shadow by Alenka Zupancic
What is it that makes Nietzsche Nietzsche? In this volume Alenka Zupancic counters the contemporary appropriation of Nietzsche as a philosopher who was "ahead of his time" but whose time has finally come - the rather patronizing reduction of his often extraordinary statements to mere opinions that we can "share". Zupancic argues that the definative Nietzschean quality is his very unfashionableness, his being out of the mainstream of his or any time. To restore Nietzsche to a context in which the thought "lives on its own credit", Zupancic examines two aspects of his philosophy. First in "Nietzsche as Metapsychologist" she revisits the principal Nietzschean themes - his declaration of the death of God, the acetic ideal and nihilism - as ideas that are very much present in our hedonist postmodern condition. Then, in the second part of the book, she considers Nietzsche's figure of the noon and its consequences for his notion of the truth. Nietzsche describes the noon not as the moment when all shadows disappear but as the momment of splitting, when "one turns into two".
Zupancic argues that this notion of the two as the minimal and irreducible difference within the same animates all of Nietzsche's work, generating its permanent and inherent tension.
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Author Biography - Alenka Zupancic
Alenka Zupancic, a Slovenian psychoanalytic theorist and philosopher, teaches at the European Graduate School and is a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and the Arts. She is the author of The Shortest Shadow: Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Two and The Odd One In: On Comedy, both in the Short Circuits series, published by the MIT Press.
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